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Our Mission

Catalysis is the science of the acceleration of chemical elementary processes.

The strategic goals of LIKAT are to define and shape the development of relevant catalysis research for areas of economic activity which hold potential for the future, and also to put into effect new catalysis-based applications in these areas. 

Spin-off:

Leibniz Institute for Catalysis

at the University of Rostock (LIKAT Rostock)

Welcome

60 years of know-how in catalysis serve as the foundation for the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis (LIKAT Rostock). In 1952 the Rostock-based professors Günther Rienäcker and Wolfgang Langenbeck, in founding the Institute for Catalysis Research in Rostock, created the first research institute in Europe to be dedicated solely to catalysis.

By using high-performance catalysts, chemical reactions take place in a way which spares resources, increasing the yield, avoiding by-products and reducing the specific energy requirement. It is only possible to meet the global demand for an efficient use of all resources by making use of efficient catalysis research. Already, four out of five chemical products undergo a catalysis cycle during their manufacture. To an increasing degree, applications of catalysis – apart from their use in chemistry - are also to be found in the life sciences and in the sourcing of energy, as well as in the protection of the environment.

The Leibniz Institute for Catalysis is the largest publicly-funded research institute in Europe in the area of applied catalysis. Its areas of expertise are arranged both according to the various methods employed and according to the materials being studied. The following points of emphasis in the programme define the institute's research activity:

- Applied sustainable processes of catalysis
- Innovative methods and technologies for catalysis
- Molecularly-defined catalysis – special (metal)organic syntheses and catalysis